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East Lansing charrette to spark community conversations about bus rapid transit

Tuesday, March 18, 2014   (0 Comments)
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    East Lansing charrette to spark community conversations about bus rapid transit

 EAST LANSING, MICH.  — In an effort to involve the community in the exchange of ideas and dialogue regarding bus rapid transit along the Michigan Avenue/Grand River Avenue corridor, the Capital Area Transportation Authority will host a series of charrette activities Mar. 19 – 23.

“The charrette is the beginning of a robust public-involvement component of the environmental assessment,” explained CATA CEO/Executive Director Sandy Draggoo. “It allows residents and other stakeholders an opportunity to share ideas and concerns, and to brainstorm design solutions for BRT, vehicles, pedestrians and bicycles traveling along the corridor.”

According to the National Environmental Policy Act, an environmental assessment is required whenever an action involves federal funding or permits.

“The purpose of the environmental assessment is to evaluate and document the effects of BRT on the surrounding natural, social and economic environment,” Draggoo said. “If there are any adverse impacts, the assessment will identify them as well as potential mitigation measures, and describe and analyze remaining alignment decisions.”

BRT is a transportation system that operates somewhat like a light-rail system, except that it uses high-capacity buses that operate in dedicated center-running bus lanes. The benefits of BRT include faster travel along the corridor, improved boarding efficiency and economic development.

The BRT is proposed to run between downtown Lansing and Marsh Road in Okemos, and serve the East Lansing business district and Michigan State University.

The East Lansing charrette is open to the public and media.

East Lansing Charrette Schedule

Charrette Kickoff and Hands-on Design Session

work alongside your neighbors to share your ideas

Wed, Mar 19 • 6pm – 9 pm

East Lansing High School

509 Burcham Drive, East Lansing

Visit the Open Design Studio

stop by to talk to the design team as concepts evolve

Thurs, Mar 20 • 10am – 6pm | Fri, Mar 21 • 10am – 8pm

Sat, Mar 22 • 10am – 6pm

Michigan Energy Options Building

405 Grove St, East Lansing

Work-in-Progress Presentation

see the draft design concepts and share your feedback

Sun, Mar 23 • 6:30pm – 9pm

International Center, Room 115

MSU Campus (427 N Shaw Lane)

Opportunities for business and community members along the BRT corridor to join the conversation are scheduled for April 14 – 17. Visit for meeting dates and locations, or follow the dialogue at: • (#catabrt)




About CATA: Formed in 1972, the Capital Area Transportation Authority was twice voted the No. 1 transit system in America. CATA strives to provide a variety of quality transportation services that are safe, timely and cost efficient, responding creatively to the diverse mobility needs of the region and delivered by dedicated employees in a professional manner. CATA services are provided in accordance with Title VI, without discrimination based on race, color, national origin, or other prohibited basis. CATA encourages media inquiries and interviews by contacting Laurie Robison, Director of Marketing and Public Information Officer, at (517) 367-7252 or (PIO contact information for media inquiries only).

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